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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded a $1.6 million grant to South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (SKRECC) to train new and existing workers on emerging Smart Grid technology. SKRECC will partner with the Cumberland Workforce Investment Board, Lake Cumberland Area Development District and Somerset Community College to help individuals learn about this new technology and acquire the skills they need to work in the energy industry.

“SKRECC has a long history of providing cutting edge training to individuals in Southern and Eastern Kentucky,” said Rogers. “A trained, dedicated workforce is critical to continuing to expand and attract top-notch businesses throughout our region. Furthermore, in these uncertain economic times learning new skills can provide new opportunities for those seeking employment. I applaud SKRECC for continuing to provide first-rate training to our hard working men and women.”

SKRECC will provide training for energy auditors and raters, Smart Grid hardware installation and maintenance, and Smart Grid software. These three components will provide participants the training, certification and skills necessary to obtain employment with the Commonwealth’s leading energy industry employers. Training will lead to the Residential Energy Service Network’s Certified Home Energy Rater (HERS) certificate and Smart Grid skills and competencies recognized by employers. Approximately 300 veterans, unemployed individuals, out-of-school youth and individuals seeking pathways out of poverty will be enrolled.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit